Archive for July, 2009

Book Review: The Elves of Cintra (Genesis of Shannara, Book 2)

Posted in Big Dog on Wednesday, July 22 by KevinLHinton


This is an awesome middle book of a trilogy. Middle books are hard to read sometimes, because you know you will not reach any ultimate conclusion, and it isn’t as exciting as the first book where you are learning about the author’s world and characters. But this is more like GodFather II and leaving severed horse heads in your bed. Bad ass.

I thought this one was better than the first, and I am amped to read the 3rd, which I will buy on my way home today. If you have not read the Shannara series, get on board. Terry Brooks wrote the original like 30 years ago, and as I said, it is a standard LOTR plot. Then he continued that saga in a standard fantasy world with multiple more novels – all good.

He then did a prequil to the series, that is based in our world. That trilogy is supposed to be very good, but I haven’t read it.

This trilogy connects the other two worlds – our world, and the fantasy world. It is the story of how we got there, and it is awesome. I think what I like so much about it is that I thought it would be terrible. I bought the first book in the airport, and given that it is about the 17th Shannara series novel, my expectations were low.

Anyways, something about Knights of the Word, Demons, Elves, and a bunch of other shit battling it out in the Pacific Northwest when the world is on the brink of a haulocaust is pretty badass. Parker – the elves end up summiting Mount Raineer in this one, and have to do some ice climbing on their way up. I think they used your route – you should compare notes.

Honestly – I think you could easily read and enjoy this trilogy on its own without delving into the other series. But I would recommend just reading Sword of Shannara first, as it is a fantasy classic and you will enjoy it.

It might be kind of cool to start with the prequil though, then do this series, then do the Shannara stuff and see what it is like all in order.

Easiness to read = 9. Enjoyment = 8.

This is good shit, get on board.


Posted in City on Friday, July 17 by City

I’m just throwing this out there to the blogoworld to get more people on board. Its from my phone at work so forgive the typos.

I was considering actually buying a new album for the 2nd time this year. Now normally I would download it instead, but there are 2 reasons why I will go buy it.

1) Mos Def, who I happen to like but haven’t exactly listened to a ton of his music, is selling his album, the ecstatic, as a t-shirt. For $40 you get a hipster t-shirt and a code that let’s you legally download his new album. That’s genius. I’ve seen people sell albums online in a variety of ways lately: usb sticks, art projects, I think someone sold a lamp, but a t-shirt just makes more sense. The only thing that I was sceptical about this was that some bigshot marketing exec came up with this plan to take my money… but

2) The label is in no way affiliated with the RIAA. You can go to website to to verify, which I did after I heard about the website just yesterday. So really Mos Def’s label is just making smart inventive ways of getting their artists music out. For all I know this was Mos Def’s idea himself. Ill have to look into that.

Trent Reznor is kicking himself for not thinking of this.

I’m also running for political office under the United States Pirate Party platform soon. Look for more about that.